Tuesday, January 22, 2013

harsh

There's no other word for it out there today.  -30 with the windchill factored in.  Thank goodness things will heat up by Friday because by then we'll all have cabin fever something fierce!  I'm supposed to meet a friend for a walk on Thursday when temps should be in the teens.  While 19 degrees is bracing weather to take a walk in, I'll probably be ready to head outside by then.  Even 10 degrees isn't so bad if there's no wind. 
The Momvan's doors are slow and groaning when we pull them open.  Poor Jax paces in the house, but there's no chance that dog is heading outside for more than a quick bathroom break.  We sprint from door to vehicle to door bundled in full winter gear.  January is when winter becomes trying
I'm burying myself in layers of sweatshirts and blankets.  I'm hiding in the pages of a book, smothering the chill in my belly with coffee and tea. 
I mentioned Nina's beautiful poetry collection yesterday--She Wouldn't Sing at My Wedding.  Nina's a world traveler who writes a lot about the Mediterranean coastline--a setting that always warms my imagination: "a coppice of sultry summer and storm, like the underside of olive leaves in Isola di Capo Rizzuto."  Anyplace with sunshine and olive trees sounds real nice to me today!  Throw in sexy sounding Italian names and phrases, a glass of local vino and some good bread--who's with me? I'm giving away one copy of Nina's book to a lucky reader--each comment in the comment box through Saturday is a chance to win. 

Spill it, reader.  Today's prompt is: where do you fantasize about heading when the weather gets wicked cold?

22 comments:

  1. I will have cabin fever by the end of the week too, but today and tomorrow are just too frigid to brave a walk. I like winter, but this is painful. Have a great day :-)

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  2. Big Blue's engine growled at me when I started it up. Schools here started with a two hour delay and where I work they are closed altogether. But it's my day off and I will be heading to Green Bay for my sewing machine class. Big Blue can growl all she wants.

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  3. Somewhere warm and tropical. Tahiti sounds good right about now.

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  4. I don't mind winter. I'd stay right here. What gets me is the lack of light, but I've noticed the afternoon light is already lasting appreciably longer since Christmas.

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  5. I want to go somewhere in which the natives know nothing of the term "wind chill".

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  6. My name is Jeanne and I'm a weather wuss.
    I was so physically miserable those weeks I was in Massachusetts.
    Florida winter is great, but we do get some days in Jan when our high temps are in the 40's. It makes me grouchy. Right now, my husband is sitting out on the screen porch wearing 2 shirts!! I'm inside in a sweatshirt.
    My hubby says there is a trip to the Dominican Republic in my near future. I've been dreaming about the beach.

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  7. The high here today is only 29* I cheer myself up by thinking maybe it's killing stinkbugs.

    I went to the Florida Keys in January twice some years ago, and it was divine. So I would probably fantasize about that.

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  8. I can handle the cold in January, and even February. For me, it's March that gets under my skin. So close to warm weather, but the cold and snow hold on tight. Frustrates me every year!

    Being a gal that does not care for the heat, when it's so cold out, I start thinking about going back to Washington and Oregon, where they have my kind of weather most of the year.

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  9. it is nearly 2 pm and the temp is a now balmy 1 above. Where would I love to go when the weather is brisk? to a nice warm corner near a fire with a home made quilt to snuggle in with a couple of tatting shuttles and a pretty pattern and a good book for when my hands start to ache.

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  10. A warm tropical beach with crystal clear blue water, brightly colored fish, white sands . . . and very few other people :-)

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  11. Anywhere but here. I'd love to go back to Phoenix, AZ. We went there last year for Spring Training and I 'liked' Cactus League and the resort we stayed at on FB and I'm still seeing updates from them in my newsfeed and it really makes me wish I were going back this year.

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  12. Barbados. I have not been there but I have longed to visit ever since I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond in 3rd-ish grade. Kit's longing for her colorful, warm, exotic homeland after being relocated to cold, grey Puritan New England sparked a longing in me. Whenever I need to escape, I go to Barbados in my head.

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  13. My partner and I have plans to move to New Orleans, her home state, after our daughter leaves for college in four years. I've never had a bad time in New Orleans. Now...here on the prairie? I have had many, many bad times. The last one was driving in a surprise blizzard to work today after the perky weather forecaster woman promised that it would only be snow showers on the evening news right before I dived in under the covers. Liar. Little blonde liar....

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  14. I'm happy with "under my comforter, with a good book" as an escape this time of year.

    Duluth schools had last Friday off (um, prepping for teacher conferences?). Then Monday off (MLK Day?). Then they cancelled school today (TOO COLD...hello, Midwesterners...it's been colder). Tomorrow is supposed to be even colder,

    but I'm pretty sure parents will riot if they dare another "emergency weather event" cancellation.

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  15. Oh, and DON'T I LOVE YOUR HEADER? Yes, yes, I do.

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  16. I love that header too!!

    I can't imagine living in such cold weather-- My cabin fever would put me over the edge with frozen toes. I've been complaining about how cold it is at night around here (in the 30s-- I'm embarrassed to admit). All I want to do is take a hot bath to warm up!

    Stay warm and hope you get out soon. xo jj

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  17. Oh man. It is COLD outside. Seriously, this is crazy. Thank goodness today is warmer (a full 8 degrees already this morning). My kids asked me if this is the coldest winter we've ever had and they were shocked when I told them it is not even close to being the coldest. I think we've been spoiled these last few mild winters.

    The book! Yes! Me, please!!!!

    Stay warm!

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  18. Oh, I forgot.

    I always dream of tropical destinations. Fiji. A beach. Frufru drink in hand. Good book. Ahhh. :)

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  19. I actually sent photos of our office fashion show in fingerless gloves to the social media folks in our national offices. They think the pics are "cute" and will post them on our Facebook page. Cute? It's cold in our office!

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Spill it, reader.